Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A railroad, especially one operated over a limited area.
  • noun A track providing a runway for wheeled equipment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech. engin., broadly, a way composed of one or more rails, or lines of rails, for the support, and commonly also for the direction of the motion, of a body carried on wheels adapted to roll on the rail or rails, or lines of rails.
  • noun A way for the transportation of freight or passengers, or both, in which vehicles with flanged or grooved wheels are drawn or propelled on one or more lines of rails that support the wheels of the vehicles, and guide their course by the lateral pressure of the rails against the wheels; a railroad. (See railroad.)
  • noun A railway in which cars are drawn by pneumatic locomotives. Scarcely more success has been reached in this method than in that described above.
  • noun pl. Naut., iron jackstays bolted on the under side of standing gaffs which carry fore-and-aft sails, with or without booms. Small grooved iron shapes called “travelers” are sewed to the head of the sail, and slide along the railway, so that the canvas may be spread along the gaff by means of a whip or outhaul.
  • noun A railway built under enactments to secure light charges for transportation.
  • noun A short track upon which cars are run, generally by gravity, and which passes through artificial scenery intended to be beautiful or weird: a source of amusement at pleasure-resorts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A track, consisting of parallel rails, over which wheeled vehicles may travel.
  • noun A transport system using these rails used to move passengers or goods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
  • noun a line of track providing a runway for wheels

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

rail +‎ way.

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